HC Deb 28 March 1980 vol 981 cc734-5W
Mr. Alton

asked the Minister of Transport what is the current cost of the Liverpool inner ring road scheme, including debt charges; and what element of this is met by the Exchequer and what element by the ratepayer.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The Liverpool inner ring road is a local road and questions about its cost and the debt charges arising are for Merseyside county council as highway authority. The Exchequer pays transport supplementary grant to county councils to help them meet their local transport needs, but this is a block grant, not specific to any particular item of transport expenditure.